One of the things that will forever be associated with Bond is a thundering brass score on the soundtrack. This soundtrack for the series’ third film is where John Barry really hits his stride and forever links Bond with the sound of brass. From now on, the music was just as important as the moving image.
Goldfinger also represents Shirley Bassey’s debut performance as a singer of a Bond song – she would go on to provide the vocals to 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever and 1979’s Moonraker. At Glastonbury in 2007 I saw Bassey do a medley of her Bond songs – something I was glad to see, being a huge Bond fan, despite the medley sounding like it was crowbarred together by a musical arranger with epilepsy. I also saw Chris Cornell perform You Know My Name a few days later in Dublin – four Bond themes sung by their original artists in four days!
Goldfinger is far from being my favourite Bond film, but I can understand why it’s a popular favourite. It’s the archetypal Bond film that set the template for pretty much every Bond film, until 2006’s Casino Royale reset the clock.
Hit: Main Title (Goldfinger) – Shirley Bassey
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